Document clarifies green claims - BPF

By Joe Whitworth

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Related tags Biodegradable plastic

BPF plastic guidance document
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has published a guidance document relating to environmental claims on plastic products.

It covers terms including 'bio-based', 'biodegradable', 'compostable' and 'renewable' for UK companies that produce plastics materials and additives and/or sell plastic products.

For biodegradable the document states: “Claims that a product or package is ‘biodegradable’ shall be verifiable and substantiated by competent and reliable scientific evidence as required by the UK Green Claims Code and ISO 14021.​” 

Under renewable, the guidance says: “Claims that a product or package is ‘renewable’ should be used with great care as there is currently no internationally agreed definition for the term.”​ 

The BPF said the guidance is not intended to supersede existing UK/EU legislation, mandatory advertising codes and/or government guidance which will still be the key sources for ensuring that advertising and marketing are fully compliant in respect of environmental claims.

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